to fly through the mouths of men
Reproduction with aquarelle on paper by Teuta Jonuzi
Aluminum, bells, glass, plywood, aquarelle on paper
This piece started with two Joker motives, the classical US "Bee No. 92" Joker and a Chinese interpretation of the same, the "BCG" Joker. Trying to sort of capture an image in the moment of its transformation through globalized markets, I used morphing software to produce an intermediate Joker between the original and its adaptation. I then asked Teuta to reproduce the image in aquarelle on paper, trying to highlight questions of authorship and copyright as well as retransform the digital image into an analog original.
The frame is based on the glass floor of Victor Hugo's working room during his exile in Guernsey. As a politician, he instigated the first international copyright agreement. In Guernsey, he wrote L'Homme qui rit (The Man Who Laughs) which later influenced the design of the Batman Joker.